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Textbook Affordability by College

The Textbook Affordability Index (AI) feature of the Akademos Textbook Adoption Tool rates schools and courses to score the affordability of their textbooks. Ratings are from 0 to 5, with 5 representing the most affordable. View general rankings and popular peer groupings, search for your school, and share the content of any page with colleagues or students. Visit our FAQs for more info.

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Represents average Textbook Affordability Index score, with 5 being the most affordable and 0 being the least affordable.

Based on a proprietary algorithm that weighs median prices and purchase patterns on new, used, rental and digital course materials, taking into account marketplace availability. Z scores are calculated and are scored from 0 to 5. These scores are used to rate and rank schools, subjects and courses by the affordability of their textbooks.

To learn more about our algorithm, visit the FAQ page.

Represents rating by Textbook AI score.

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